Things are happening really quickly around here this week.
First, the reprint of The Dilemma of Arnulf of Lisieux arrived on my doorstep, followed almost immediately by the appearance of the book on Amazon. Find it at: http://www.amazon.com/Dilemma-Arnulf-Lisieux-versus-Ideals/dp/1478298693 This is the soft cover (trade paper) edition of the original, which was published by Indiana University Press in 1990. (I was going to say that it felt like I was talking about an earlier century. Then I realized it WAS an earlier century!)
Anyway, one of the benefits of being a medievalist is that our subject matter doesn't really get "out of date" very quickly. So I'm hoping that people who are still interested in the "long 12th century" will still find much of interest and usefulness in this historical monograph. For academics, it comes with full endnotes, extensive bibliography, four original maps and sixteen architectural photos of the early Gothic cathedral that Arnulf commissioned in the small town of Lisieux in Normandy.
For the layman (non-historian) and recreational reader, it's a story of crusades, warfare, and clashes between church and state, along with elements of incest, adultery, murder, embezzlement, family power struggles, evil popes, sinful kings, and a queen who outsmarts them all. What more could you ask?
The Kindle version will appear in due course. And speaking of courses, both versions should be available by the time you academics have to order books for spring semester. Electronic publication may take a little while because of all the illustrations, but the timing is out of my hands. I'll announce it when I can.
At the same time, I've been putting the final touches on my big fall release of The Road to Frogmore. The manuscript has survived its final edit, and is now (im)patiently waiting for the arrival of its one and only crucial photograph of Laura Towne herself. Once that arrives, the project will be on its way to the layout team for final design elements. Full book production usually takes four to six weeks, so I'm projecting publication sometime in October.
Can't wait? Well, here's a teaser of what's in store: